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4:00 PM ET, December 11, 2015


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Fred Bever / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Trump's Call To Ban Muslims Not Hurting His Prospects In N.H.  —  Donald Trump's divisive plan for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. sure isn't hurting his prospects in New Hampshire.  —  A new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs) shows him with his strongest lead yet among likely …
Associated Press:
AS TRUMP RISES, CLINTON PREACHES LOVE AND KINDNESS  —  URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton had just finished detailing the dangers of terrorism, recalling tough calls in the White House situation room as secretary of state and lashing out at her Republican rivals for threatening the safety of Americans.
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Carson Threatens To Leave Party If GOP Officials Keep Plotting Over Convention
Discussion: Daily Kos and Business Insider
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
The Secret Plan To Nominate Mitt Romney From The Convention Floor
New York Times:
Ted Cruz Questions Donald Trump's ‘Judgment’ to Be President
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump: I will mandate death penalty for killing police officers  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to issue an executive order to mandate the death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer.  —  “One of the first things I'd do in terms of executive order …
Fox News Insider:
Whistleblower Says He Could Have Prevented CA Attack If Gov't Didn't Cut DHS Funding  —  A former Homeland Security employee says he likely could have helped prevent the San Bernardino terror attack if the government had not pulled the plug on a surveillance program he was developing three years ago.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Empowering the Ugliness  —  We live in an era of political news that is, all too often, shocking but not surprising.  The rise of Donald Trump definitely falls into that category.  And so does the electoral earthquake that struck France in Sunday's regional elections, with the right-wing …
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
WATCH: Carly Fiorina snarls at CNN host after he confronts her over Planned Parenthood smears  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Aspiring 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina went from smiling to combative in a split-second during a contentious debate …
Michele McPhee / ABC News:
Mark Bowden / Vanity Fair:
Donald Trump Really Doesn't Want Me to Tell You This, But ...  Over a long weekend on assignment for Playboy magazine, Mark Bowden found that behind the garish Trump façade lies only more ugliness.  —  I spent a long, awkward weekend with Donald Trump in November 1996 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
House: Could Trump Lead to Apocalypse for Republicans?  —  To most Republican strategists, there's no bigger nightmare than Donald Trump as the GOP's presidential nominee in 2016.  This week, just about every Democrat running for president, Senate, House, and their respective campaign committees sought …
James Delingpole / Breitbart:
Leo DiCaprio Now Officially a Joke in Canada: Confuses Chinook Wind with Climate Change  —  Leonardo DiCaprio has spoken movingly about how he witnessed at first hand the horrors of climate change during the making of his Oscar-tipped movie The Revenant.  —  Most of the wintry revenge Western …
Discussion: ABC, Newsalert and Barrel Strength
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Lindsey Graham: Trump Leading Because 40% Of GOP Voters Think Obama Is Kenyan Muslim  —  “I can promise you that Hillary Clinton will clean his clock,” Graham added.  —  Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images  —  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said his presidential opponent Donald Trump …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
Camille Paglia / Hollywood Reporter:
Camille Paglia Takes on Taylor Swift, Hollywood's #GirlSquad Culture  —  Can group selfies advance women's goals?  In an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, the famed feminist urges social media packs to skip the “tittering, tongues-out mugging of Taylor Swift” — whose “twinkly persona …
Los Angeles Times:
San Bernardino shooters planned bigger attack, investigators believe  —  An FBI dive team on Thursday searches for electronic devices or other evidence possibly left in Seccombe Lake, about two miles north of the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.  —  An examination of digital equipment recovered …
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic:
Is Affirmative Action Finished?  —  “If this Court rules that the University of Texas can't consider race, or if it rules that universities that consider race have to die a death of a thousand cuts for doing so, we know exactly what's going to happen,” Gregory Garre, the lawyer for the University of Texas …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
America's Immigration Challenge  —  On Wednesday, FBI director James Comey alleged that the San Bernardino shooters were already plotting a mass-murder attack on the United States before Tafsheen Malik received the K-1 visa admitting her to the United States.  Her husband-to-be, Syed Farook, was born a U.S. citizen.
Survey of Kentucky Residents on State Health Policy  —  Liz Hamel, Mira Norton, and Mollyann Brodie  —  Executive Summary  —  Kentucky has received national attention as the only Southern state to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by creating its own state-based health insurance marketplace …
Campbell Brown / Politico:
Dear Former TV Colleagues, Give Us a Week Without Trump  —  To my former TV colleagues: Please stop.  Just for one week, don't say his name.  As many have already said, no presidential candidate in history has gotten this much free airtime.  Let's stop being complicit in promoting his hateful and harmful demagoguery.
Discussion: Mediaite and FishbowlDC
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
WMUR booted from next Democratic debate  —  New Hampshire's most influential television station is being pushed out of next week's Democratic debate.  —  The reason?  A labor dispute between a handful of employees at the station, WMUR, and its owner, Hearst.
CBS News:
Poll: Solid opposition to ban on Muslims entering U.S.  —  Nearly six-in-10 Americans say the United States should not temporarily bar Muslims from other countries from entering the U.S., and two-thirds say such a ban would go against the founding principles of this country, a CBS News poll shows.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Trust in Government to Protect Against Terrorism at New Low  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the week after the deadly shootings in San Bernardino, California, Americans' confidence in the federal government's ability to protect citizens from acts of terrorism has dropped to a new low of 55%.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Poll: Chris Christie surges in New Hampshire  —  Donald Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslims coming to the United States does not appear to have affected his chances in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, according to the results of the latest WBUR poll out Friday.
Discussion: The Workplace Report
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
The 13 Women Who Accused A Cop Of Sexual Assault, In Their Own Words  —  The alleged victims of former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw told their stories publicly for the first time last year in court.  Those testimonies have never been reported in full, until now.
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Priest paid his male ‘sex master’ from collection plate: lawsuit  —  A Catholic priest swiped collection-plate donations to pay for drug-fueled sex romps with a heavily muscled S&M “master,” a new lawsuit charges.  —  Parishioners claim the Rev. Peter Miqueli has stolen at least $1 million since 2003 …
Discussion: PinkNews and Gothamist
Bloomberg Business:
Congress Passes Five-Day Bill Avoiding U.S. Government Shutdown  —  Measure funds government through Dec. 16 as talks continue  —  Appropriations chairman says negotiations at 'snail's pace'  —  The House voted for a stopgap measure on Friday that avoids a potential U.S. government shutdown this weekend …
Discussion: Politico
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Men are so lazy  —  I'm not sure exactly when my wife finished her Christmas shopping, but it seems like a long time ago.  And ever since, she's been issuing me subtle warnings disguised as questions.  —  “Well, honey, I'm all done Christmas shopping — how about you?”
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John Dodge / CBS Chicago:
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Rand Paul could be booted from main debate stage
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: Mediaite
Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
Police Chief: ‘Revolution’ Coming if Obama Tries to Disarm American People
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Charles Barkley bashes CNN, Donald Trump
David Kopel / Washington Post:
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